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Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

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Philadelphia (64-53) «00200031x670

Phillies 6, Pirates 3 wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- It had been a long time since Chase Utley circled the bases at Citizens Bank Park. Too long.

Utley hit his first home run at home since July 7, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Utley snapped a 3-3 tie with his 29th home run, a two-run shot to right off Pittsburgh's Tyler Yates in the seventh. The Phillies moved two games ahead of the New York Mets in the National League East.

Utley was 0-for-12 before the home run, after previous slumps of 0-for-24 and 0-for-17 since hitting .362 with 13 homers over the first 33 games. He went 1-for-3 to raise his average to .287, but still hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 30.

"When you don't get results, obviously it's frustrating," Utley said. "I feel like we have a very good lineup from top to bottom and it's a complete team effort."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel won't ever fret about his All-Star second baseman.

"I ain't worried about Chase's hitting," Manuel said. "Not at all. He's fine. His hitting is going to come around."

Greg Dobbs added his major league-leading 21st pinch hit with an RBI double, setting a new club record. Dobbs is 21-for-51 as a pinch-hitter this season. His double tied the game before Utley homered.

"It's an honor to set a franchise record," said Dobbs, who had shared the mark with Doc Miller from 1913. "To do it in a situation when we needed a hit and a run is just icing on the cake."

Recently-acquired left-hander Scott Eyre (3-0) picked up the win for Philadelphia by throwing four pitches in one-third of an inning. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save in two opportunities.

Yates (4-3) took the loss for the Pirates by giving up three earned runs in one inning. Yates' wife gave birth to a daughter on July 31 and he has only made two appearances since that point.

"We need to get him in games," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "We've got to get him going."

Jason Davis, the 12th different starter for the Pirates this season, worked out of several jams and allowed only four hits and two runs -- both unearned -- in six innings after the game was delayed by rain for one hour, 47 minutes at the outset.

The 28-year-old Davis, who walked four and struck out three, last started a game on July 4, 2005, for the Cleveland Indians. He was 14-19 with a 4.93 ERA in 52 career starts before this game.

"He threw the ball well," Russell said. "I thought he kept the ball down, changed speeds well. It was encouraging to see."

After Doug Mientkiewicz's double in the second gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead, the Phillies went ahead in the third in a bizarre sequence of events. After Carlos Ruiz walked to lead off the inning, Jamie Moyer put down a sacrifice bunt in front of home plate. Davis made an errant throw wide of first base, allowing Moyer to advance to second.

Moyer knocked down first base umpire Randy Marsh on his way to second and then advanced to third on another throwing error by Michaels from right field. A sacrifice fly to center by Jimmy Rollins scored Moyer.

"I was looking for the oxygen tank at third base," Moyer joked.

The Pirates took a 3-2 lead with two outs in the sixth on a two-run double by Jason Michaels off 45-year-old Moyer, who gave up seven hits and three earned runs in six innings.


Phillies closer Brad Lidge was unavailable because of stiffness in his right shoulder. ... Philadelphia's Ryan Howard played in his 232nd consecutive game, the longest streak in the major leagues. ... Sunday's game was the 5,000th for Pirates broadcaster Lanny Frattare over a 33-year span. ... A crowd of 45,262 attended the game, the 40th sellout of the season at Citizens Bank Park.

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Players of the Game

C. Utley
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

J. Michaels
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010001 .248
Luis Rivas, SS4010001 .235
Nate McLouth, CF4110012 .277
Ryan Doumit, C4120010 .333
Jason Michaels, RF4012021 .233
Brandon Moss, LF3110101 .273
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4011012 .285
Chris Gomez, 3B3000100 .294
Jason Davis, P2000012 .000
   a- Andy LaRoche, PH0000100 .187
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Craig Hansen, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Bautista, PH1000000 .242
a-walked for Davis in the 7th
b-flied out for Hansen in the 9th
2B - Jason Michaels (11, Moyer), Brandon Moss (7, Moyer), Doug Mientkiewicz (18, Moyer)
RBI - Jason Michaels 2 (43), Doug Mientkiewicz (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Michaels 2 (22), Doug Mientkiewicz (8)
Team LOB - 6
DP - F. Sanchez-Rivas-Mientkiewicz, F. Sanchez-Rivas-Mientkiewicz, F. Sanchez-Rivas-Mientkiewicz
PB - Ryan Doumit (8)
E - Jason Davis (1, Throwing(Moyer reaches on throwing error by Davis Both runners advance on thro), Jason Michaels (3, Throwing(Moyer reaches on throwing error by Davis Both runners advance on thro), Brandon Moss (1, Dropped fly)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jason Davis 6420430 1.38
Tyler Yates (L,4-3) 1333001 5.27
Craig Hansen 1010300 5.35
WP - Tyler Yates (4), Craig Hansen (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Davis 90-52, Tyler Yates 20-13, Craig Hansen 35-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Davis 8-6, Tyler Yates 2-1, Craig Hansen 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Davis 25, Tyler Yates 6, Craig Hansen 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4001003 .274
Shane Victorino, CF3000111 .287
Chase Utley, 2B3112101 .287
Ryan Howard, 1B4010001 .240
Jayson Werth, LF2110210 .266
Geoff Jenkins, RF4010001 .241
Eric Bruntlett, 3B4000004 .217
Carlos Ruiz, C2220200 .220
Jamie Moyer, P1100011 .111
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1111000 .309
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH0000100 .268
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
a-doubled for Eyre in the 7th
b-walked for Romero in the 8th
2B - Carlos Ruiz (9, Yates), Greg Dobbs (8, Yates)
HR - Chase Utley (29, Yates)
SF - Jimmy Rollins (1)
SH - Jamie Moyer (9)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (41), Chase Utley 2 (80), Greg Dobbs (24)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley 2 (24)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Howard-Rollins, Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer 6733250 3.81
Clay Condrey 0.2100100 3.53
Scott Eyre (W,3-0) 0.1000000 6.94
J.C. Romero (H,17) 1000010 2.12
Ryan Madson (S,1) 1000000 3.30
IBB - Gomez by Jamie Moyer
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 109-64, Clay Condrey 14-7, Scott Eyre 4-3, J.C. Romero 9-6, Ryan Madson 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 4-7, Clay Condrey 1-1, J.C. Romero 2-0, Ryan Madson 1-2
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 25, Clay Condrey 4, Scott Eyre 1, J.C. Romero 3, Ryan Madson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45262
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson